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Accession Number PB2013-103454
Title Federal Contracting: Slow Start to Implementation of Justifications for 8 (a) Sole-Source Contracts.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 33p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract SBA's 8(a) program is the government's primary means of developing small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including firms owned by Alaska Native Corporations and Indian tribes. The NDAA for Fiscal Year 2010, enacted on October 28, 2009, called for revisions to the FAR to provide for a written justification for sole-source 8(a) contracts over $20 million, where previously justifications were not required. GAO determined (1) the timeliness with which this new justification requirement was incorporated in the FAR; (2) the number of 8(a) sole-source contracts valued over $20 million that have been awarded since October 2009 and trends over time; and (3) the extent to which agencies have implemented this new justification requirement. GAO analyzed federal procurement data, reviewed the 14 contracts subject to the requirement across five federal agencies, and interviewed officials from OFPP, SBA, the Department of Defense, and other agencies.
Keywords Alaska natives
American Indians
Awards
Businesses
Compliance
Contracts
Federal agencies
Implementation
Justifications
Monitoring
Procurement
Sole source contracts
Trends

 
Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
70F - Public Administration & Government
96 - Business & Economics
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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